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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Catalina Island, California

Avalon was celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013
Very much like visiting a Mediterranean Island

Some of the unspoiled wilderness on the island

The crystal clear waters of Santa Catalina
Some of the natural beauty on the island
A stairway to heaven perhaps lol
The island has been home to many Hollywood Films over the years
Just located 22 miles off the California Coast, (1 hour high speed ferry ride) Santa Catalina Island seems like a world apart from the hectic frenzy of cities like San Diego and Los Angeles
A refreshing fact......because so few cars are allowed here, there isn't one traffic light on the island and are more inclined to see a golf cart as a mode of transportation
Because of its isolation of thousands of years, Catalina Island has created a unique animal, plant and archaeological resource found nowhere else on earth
The island has had its "dark" past as it was home to smugglers, poachers, squatters and even Union Soldiers
Did you know that William Wrigley Jr. ( yes of the chewing gum family) bought the island in 1919 to promote the island as a vacation spot and even brought his Chicago Cubs here for Spring Training
Aerial view of the bay
 Mediterranean type charm of Avalon with a population of under 4,000 citizens
In 1975 the Santa Catalina Conservancy acquired over 85% of the island..... protecting it from further development and for us visitors to enjoy it beauty
The most recognizable sight is the Casino ( Italian for gathering place) which opened in 1929 and despite its name it isn't a gambling house but a circular ballroom.

Chimes Tower

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Public Gardens, Halifax

Main entrance to the Public Gardens (16 acres) that are located in the heart of Halifax
It is a National Historic Site of Canada
They are a Victorian Era  Public Gardens  and established during the birth date (1867) of Canada
The gardens are open to the public from May till November
Because of the Victorian landscaping style, it is very popular for weddings and prom photo's

Many statues and plaques throughout the park are to commemorate historic military figures and operations during the Victorian Era and early Twentieth Century
Carpet beds  are a Victorian Garden tradition.
The Bandstand.... is used for free public concerts usually on Sunday afternoons
Open from May to November for all to enjoy
Home to over 140 species of trees

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dingle Park in Halifax Nova Scotia

Memorial Tower (1912) was built to commemorate Nova Scotia's achievement of a representative government
Dingle Park ( which means wooded valley) covers 95 acres

One of the many walkways through the park, which was donated to Halifax by one of its many famous citizens....Sir Sandford Fleming

Besides the ocean water, the park has many freshwater ponds through out the park.
Among many achievements Sir Sandford Fleming achieved, he is the inventor of Standard Time Zones and designed the first Canadian Postage Stamp
10 floors up inside the Tower looking out into the inlet from the Atlantic Ocean.....Northwest Arm
Fall showing off its colors in the park that was given to the people of Halifax in 1908
Spiral staircase will take you to the top, plus there are plaques that line the interior walls from other countries with
connections to the British Parliament
The entrance to the park that is located withing the city of Halifax